Bare root hedging is a fantastic option for anyone looking for a more cost-effective solution to having a garden hedge. Bare roots are typically deciduous shrubs, so they can seem a little underwhelming when they first arrive as the plants will be dormant, but you shouldn’t let the first appearance put you off. These plants will grow and develop into an excellent hedge that’s full of life while adding elegance to your garden. Bare roots also boast a strong root system and a modest amount of stem (depending on the age and height) and side shoots. After you’ve planted bare root hedging and spring settles in, you will begin to see your plants flourishing.
best4hedging has a varied selection of evergreen bare root hedging available, which are less common than deciduous bare root plants. Evergreen bare roots are fantastic. Not only are they a fraction of the cost to equivalent pot-grown plants, but they’re almost as bushy too.
So, why are bare root hedge plants cost-effective compared to other shrubs?
· Bare roots cost less to grow. Once bare roots have been planted, they’re left in the fields for years – until they’re ready to purchase, rather than being re-potted year on year.
· Bare roots cost less to transport. They don’t carry with them a substantial weight of soil, so neither best4hedging nor you, our customer, are stung with the excess cost of the soil.
· Buy more bare roots and spend less. If you’re planting a large hedge or need extremely tall plants, bare roots are the ideal choice as it works out cheaper than the equivalent quantity or height in other root types.
It’s important to note that there’s a failure rate attached to bare root hedging plants. It’s 10% for most bare root species and slightly higher for Beech (Fagus sylvatica) and Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea). However, through our experience, we’ve found that when bare root hedging is planted with Rootgrow, all plants establish better, with a low failure rate. For more information, please see our range of Hedge Planting Essentials.
With bare roots being more economical, we suggest taking full advantage of this by planting in a double staggered row. This is the best way to grow a dense, bushy hedge. Another handy tip is to buy slightly more than you need and plant these species in a different patch to let them grow. If you find that any of the plants in your hedge fail or you have any bare patches, you can add some of your spares, and they’ll be the same height and thickness.
Bare roots are only available when the plants are completely dormant, typically from November to late April-early May. These root type plants can be planted during this period. Please note, exact dates of the season are dependent on the weather each year. There are still some bare root hedging species available out of this season, between mid-late May through the use of cold storage. For more information, please read our blog on cold storage or give best4hedging a call today on 01257 261 243. Priority is given to pre-orders, so if you require your bare root hedging plants at the beginning of the season, we strongly recommend pre-ordering. Best4hedging will begin taking pre-orders for bare roots from mid-summer. We highly recommend planting bare roots as soon as they’re delivered, but if this is not possible because the soil is frozen or waterlogged, they can be kept for a week or two if the following steps are carried out
· Store correctly. If you’re planting within a few days, sprinkle the roots with water and keep them wrapped in the bags provided. Store the plants in a cool, dry and frost-free area, such as a shed or a garage. Never store bare roots in a greenhouse, as they will come out of dormancy, which will increase the number of failures.
· Heeling in. If you require more than a few days from receiving your shrubs to planting, you can heel them in. Heeling your bare roots requires a hole to be dug that is large enough for the root mass and place the plant in. Once done, cover them back over with soil and gently firm down the soil. The bare roots will settle in there until you can plant them into their final position.
best4hedging has a vast range of hedge plants available in bare root form. We also have a variety of ready-made packs of mixed native bare root hedging available to buy online. These packs provide a ready-made selection of companion plants for informal, natural garden hedging.
Our expert team has also put together an article about bare roots plants which has more information.